Bakehouse Art Complex profiles accompany an October, 2016 Miami Herald story
Jenna Efrein upcycles materials – most notably beer bottle glass – to create sculptures whose themes appropriately draw attention to Everglades conservation. Her outdoor studio facilitates clay modeling, mold-making and experiments. Alligators proliferate!
Judith Berk King’s delicate graphite drawings ominously forecast bizarre evolutionary adaptations to rising waters. Besides exposure, she appreciates how "being surrounded by your own work and being able to look at it helps you be critical of yourself in the best of ways." video
Kyoko Matsuyama creates suspended and wall-mounted sculptural works from hand-felted wool. She enjoys feedback from artists working in very different mediums while also exchanging ideas with other fiber artists. Her very first open studio event led to a solo show at Nova Southeastern University. video
Pamela Palma’s embrace of fibers encompasses loom weaving, knitting, dyeing, embroidery, fabric painting and clothing design. Besides providing studio space for numerous simultaneous projects, she uses her BAC residency to stage interactive and performative art-making ventures with fellow artists and visitors.
Rodolfo Peraza’s politically-charged video game development and visualizations of internet use, are challenging the BAC to integrate web-based explorations with traditional studio practice, discussion and exhibition. Supported by Knight Foundation funding, Peraza will lead an international Art Hack Day next spring, introducing advanced digital art-making tools to new audiences and practitioners. video
Troy Simmons enjoys a “clean” indoor and “dirty” outdoor studio to create his mixed-media sculptural works, juxtaposing concrete and resin. His 3-1/2-year BAC residency has led to exhibitions in Switzerland, Germany, France and New York. Twenty-four-hour access is also a major boon. Video
Stephanie Jaffe Werner’s studio showcases her passion for reimagining and alchemically assembling quirky decorative tiles, pottery, figurines, ceramic flowers and other treasures into nostalgia-tinged mosaic pictures, fanciful topiaries or whimsical animals. More “serious” commemorative public commissions also come her way.
George Fishman is a free-lance writer and director of QRartguide a custom audio service that records and delivers artist and curatorial statements to audiences via their smart phones, using QR codes.